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== References ==
== References ==
Original forum thread: http://forum.eveuniversity.org/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=25622
Missioning 101: http://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Missioning_101
Maximising ISK - Quality, skills & standings: http://forum.eveuniversity.org/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=17429

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There are few good ways to make easy ISK if you are new to Eve. One of these ways is to run cargo missions with a specific corporation, eventually up to Level 4 cargo missions.

Find an agent

Firstly you need to find a corporation having Level 4 agents within the Distribution division.

There used to be three divisions that commonly gave Courier missions: Accounting, Archives and Production. Most agents with these divisions were converted to the Distribution division.

You can find the agent of your choice at: http://www.eve-agents.com/ or you can use the in-game Agent Finder.

To use http://www.eve-agents.com, pick Distribution as the Division, select 'Level 4' and maybe search in a specific jump range of your current mission system. Avoid choosing agents which are highlighted in red, as they will send you into low sec systems. A good agent should be in high sec, and best in a lower security system (0.5 or 0.6) with high sec systems around him. If you are not sure about the systems around an agent, either use the in-game map or check the 2D maps available at http://www.ombeve.co.uk/.

For instance, if Aldrat were our system of choice and we wanted an agent in close proximity, our could be Hela Tashotsu from Caldari Business Tribunal in Urnhard I. This means you would need a standing of at least 5.0 with this corporation to run his/her missions.

Raise your corporation standing to the required level

Once a target corporation has been determined, you may have to increase your standing. You can either run Level 1/2/3 missions to raise your standing, or alternatively find a Unista already running missions for this corp. Level 4 combat pilots will get you up very quickly and you could offer the pilot in question to salvage his missions for him until your standing goals are achieved.

Suggested ships for normal distribution missions

The cargo volume in L4 distribution missions measures between 3200 and 7500 m³. The skills necessary to run the normal missions are pretty low. As soon as you can fly a reasonably-sized industrial, you're good to go, within your first week of your EVE time even. And it's cheap.

If you want to minimize travel time train for a Blockade Runner (Prorator, Crane, Viator, Prowler) and fit Interia Stabilizers II and Medium Hyperspatial Velocity Optimizers II due to the fast align (around 3s) and warp speed (around 11.4 AU/s). If cargo capacity is not sufficient, swap lows for Expanded Cargohold II modules which brings their cargo capacity above 7500 m³ for the larger missions.

Suggested ships for storyline distribution missions

An Industrial with some cargo rigs and cargo expanders can easily fit 20.000 m³ enabling storyline missions in two runs when splitting cargo. Some Industrials (Iteron Mark V,Bestower,Tayra,Mammoth) can fit more than 40.000m³ with Medium Cargohold Optimization II enabling the larger cargo storyline mission in a single run. Deep Space Transports (Occator,Bustard,Mastodon,Impel) have a 50.000 m³ fleet hangar and can single run large storyline distribution missions too.

Storyline missions

There appear to be 3 types of storyline missions:

The implant mission - You have to get 8000 Kernite to your agent to finish it and you get a +4 implant (20 mil) as reward. Most of the time you can buy the Kernite straight from the agent's station.

The 40.000m³ cargo mission - Usually the cargo is split into several sealed containers. Perform about 4 Jumps and you get a 5 mil time reward.

The combat mission - Fairly rare to occur. Should you be unable to perform it yourself, you may want to consider asking another unista for assistance as the loot and salvage from these missions is very profitable. If not, you can always decline it.

Profit and rewards

With Negotiations V trained, the average reward is 400.000 ISK per L4 mission including time bonus in a 0.6 security status system. For L4 distribution missions you will always be send to another constellation for delivery. However this can just be 1 jump away depending on constellation layout. Average mission trip forth and back seems to be around 5-8 minutes depending on length of routes.

As you run your missions, you will pile up LPs. These average about 600 per mission, but this can be increased via distribution connection skill by up to 50%. You will also gain a story line mission about every one and a half to two hours.

Additional interesting points

To get the most out of running these missions, you should increase the related Social skills increasing your rewards and LP gain. Train Distribution Connections Skill (around 25million isk) to increase the LP gain.

Always be aware the destination system's security status! It may happen that your destination system falls into low sec once in a while. You may want to risk running the mission if you are equipped for it, however under normal circumstances it would be safer to decline it (once every 4 hours).

You can safely decline a mission every 4 hours without negative consequences; however sometimes you may be faced with 2 unsuitable missions in quick succession. You then have to sit out the countdown, run some hauling contracts as an alternative or use an alternative agent if available. Your choice.

As a final comment, always be aware of the elementary safety rules during your hauling missions; such as no autopilot, no Industrial if you don't have to. Shuttles/frigates are much faster and difficult to point.


Missioning 101: http://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Missioning_101